Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 16, 2021
If you came to our parsonage, you would discover all over our property, plants and flowers. Just don’t ask me to identify what they are. I can tell a plant from a flower, but that’s as far as it goes with me.
That is not true with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She gets all the credit for
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 9, 2021
Let me be clear from the beginning. I have made a lot of mistakes during my life. I have made mistakes that I don’t even know about to this day. Even the ones I do know about, I cannot remember very clearly.
Mistakes are a part of life. Unfortunately, some people believe they live their whole life
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 2, 2021
Some people believe in karma, but I don’t. Some people believe what you do will come back on you some way or the other.
I do believe that everything you do does have consequences. Sometimes those consequences are small and insignificant and sometimes rather large and unbearing.
Recently, my truck
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 25, 2021
I have never considered myself to be boring. I may be boring to other people but not to myself.
As you get older, you find out that there are many boring things in this world.
When younger, I can't ever remember being bored except when my father was lecturing me on how I should behave.
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 18, 2021
I do not quit easily. When I start a project, I like to work until it's finished. I hate to quit before something is completed.
One thing I have learned through the years is not to start something unless I have the time and resources to finish it. How many projects I started in the past and
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 11, 2021
With such a tumultuous summer, I’m glad we are now beginning the fall season. There for a while, I didn’t think it was going to come. But, contrary to my negativity, it has arrived, and I’m delighted.
Summer wasn’t quite the way summers have been in the past. My family didn’t have many
Contributed by James Snyder on Sep 4, 2021
I have learned that you don't miss something until it is gone. Unfortunately, sometimes, it's too late.
Over six weeks ago, or was it nine months, I took my truck in for a regular checkup. I was going away for the week, so I thought I would drop the truck off and let them work on it when
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 28, 2021
When young, I remember my grandfather often saying to me, "the world wasn't like this when I was your age." Then he would go on a long rant about how things were much different when he was my age. Finally, he would conclude by saying, "It's an insane world out there,
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 21, 2021
Over a year ago, I got out of bed, went to the kitchen for my morning cup of coffee and then I went to the back porch to see if I had any visitors.
I have foxes, possums, cats, and raccoons (who are politically correct and wear masks when they come). I put food out for them, and they help
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 14, 2021
Without any hesitation, I will gladly admit that I am on the short side when it comes to gadgets. For me, most of them do not make any sense at all. Instead, I like things simple and easy.
As for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, she is obsessed with gadgets. She loves them almost as much as
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 7, 2021
At the beginning of the week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage informed me that she and some of her friends would be going thrift store shopping on Thursday.
I nodded my head and smiled, not knowing where she was going with this.
“Now,” she said, “you will have to take care of your lunch.
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 31, 2021
Have you ever had one of those Déjà vu moments? The other week I was in the shopping mall to pick up some items for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She shops so much that I have to help her on occasion.
On this occasion, I was walking down the mall and stopped dead in my tracks.
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 24, 2021
I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork..
To many people, numbers are very important, but in my opinion, a number is just a
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 17, 2021
When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow.
Don't get me wrong here; I enjoy flowers. However, when it comes to names, I am off the planet. I don't need to know the name of a flower to really
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 10, 2021
I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don't do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life.
With so many things going on, it is tough to keep up-to-date with everything, even personal items.
This is not true with the Gracious
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 3, 2021
Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices.
I must confess that there are a lot of bad choices I have made throughout my
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 26, 2021
Life can get crazy because there are so many crazy people in the world. I know, I’m one.
Through the years, I have come to appreciate crazy people. They make life interesting and make me look less crazy than I really am.
The interesting thing is that a crazy person shows up in your life when you
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 19, 2021
I must confess that I'm not always obvious to everything that is before me. I admit I miss a lot of things set before me. I don’t do this intentionally.
For example, sometimes, when I come home from the church office, I pass the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, and she is waving at me, but
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 12, 2021
Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don't know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.
According to the eye doctor, and doctors are never wrong, I now have 2020 vision.
Contributed by James Snyder on Jun 5, 2021
The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I’m caught up, I see another thing I need to do.
I have learned that kicking the can down the street only hurts your big toe.
With so much to do lately, it's